Hyderabad: The Bharatiya Janata Party national leader, Mr M Venkaiah Naidu, here on Wednesday lashed out at the Congress governments in the State and Centre for miserably failing to help the farmers when they were facing severe hardship for want of remunerative price for their produce.
The BJP leaders, who staged a dharna at Indira Park here on the farmers’ problems, went in a procession towards the Secretariat to lay a siege. However, the police intercepted the BJP leaders, including Mr Venkaiah Naidu, Mr Bandaru Dattatreya, the State BJP president, Mr G Kishan Reddy, Dr K Lakshman, Mr Nallu Indrasena Reddy, Mr Baddam Bal Reddy, Mr Shyam Kishore, Mr N Ramchander Rao, Mr N V S S Prabhakar Rao, Mr B Venkat Reddy and whisked them away to Gandhi Nagar police station.
Addressing protestors at the Dharna camp, Mr Naidu lambasted the State and Union governments for failing to solve the burning problems of the farming community. He said both the governments remained indifferent when the farmers were suffering due to lack of remunerative price for their produce. Stating that the Chief Minister, Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy, holding Rythu Chaitanya Yatras was shameful when his government has failed to respond to their problems, Mr Naidu said that awareness should come in the government and not the farmers. When the toiling farmers took their produce to the market for sale, they were being looted by the unscrupulous middlemen, he bemoaned.
Mr Naidu lamented that rice millers and middlemen were exploiting the gullible farmers taking undue advantage of the government’s indifferent attitude towards the farmers. He also expressed his concern over the farmers resorting to set their paddy afire on the roads for want of gunny bags and godowns. Stating that the farmers were in a quandary as their food grains were soaked due to unseasonal rains, he demanded that the government ensure Rs 1,030 per quintal even to the soaked paddy.
Mr Naidu also made it clear that the irate farmers would bury the Congress party in the next elections if they failed to rise to the occasion and rescue the farmers in their critical time. He also demanded that the government provide seed and pesticides on 90 per cent subsidy, crop insurance and removal of middlemen at market yards during the ensuing khariff season. He warned the government that his party would intensify the agitation if the government failed to respond. (NSS)